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The Dingdong

From 86 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Fluffy, Quirky

About the show

The Pearl Theatre Company presents the world premiere of a comedy celebrating romance, lust, and the magic of the theatre. More…

Vatelin is a faithful husband—mostly. Lucy is a faithful wife—kind of. And their 'fidelity' is about to be put to the test when a series of suitors and femme fatales invade their little world. Following the misadventures of one madcap night in a Paris hotel, this farce takes place in a world where opening the wrong door in the dark of night can lead to mayhem, laughter, and, maybe, a few truths about how to have a happy marriage. Playwright Mark Shanahan was inspired by Georges Feydeau's classic 'Le Dindon.'


Member Reviews (86)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Fluffy, Quirky

83
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like silly French farces. Enjoy low budget productions,enthusiastic actors,a versatile hillarious young actress -sit back and enjoy

Don't see it if You expect top quality sets and spectacular sound effects.

75
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Zany

See it if you like boulevard farce Americanized with a cast of 5 each playing multiple roles, lots of laughs, & hope filled resolution at the end

Don't see it if you can't find the ridiculous in everyday marital problems, or don't like seeing actors in period underwear

73
Delightful, Great staging, Funny, Raunchy, Fluffy

See it if You're looking for an entertaining fast paced show with great costumes/sets and terrific comedic performances (w/one poor casting exception)

Don't see it if You like your non-stop one-liners and physical comedy in bite size half hour sitcom chunks The silliness gets a little tiring after a while.

85
Funny, Entertaining, Fluffy, Quirky, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy well-done farce, somewhat raunchy humor, and the comedy of actors playing multiple roles very well.

Don't see it if You want something serious, or just don't appreciate traditional farces (lovers, multiple rooms, mistaken identity, etc.)

70
Madcap, Dizzying

See it if you like farce. A lot of different parts with few actors. They manage to keep things straight. Generally good fun.

Don't see it if don't like sex comedies. Plays with foreign accents that could be a bit better.

72
Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, French, Farce

See it if You're in the mood for some light farce.

Don't see it if Your sensibilities are easily offended by low-budget, shabby sets.

92
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if Classic French farce at its best is your cup of tea! Great fun all around; the cast shine in multiple roles & there is never a dull moment.

Don't see it if Youd like to watch a somber play or slower and less broad comedy.

75
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging

See it if you need to unstressed with light entertainment, and a spectacularly staged play. The 4 actors switch characters at the speed of light

Don't see it if you like only thought provoking theater.

75
Funny, Great staging, Fast pased, Confusing

See it if a fast passed showed about a man carry on an adulteress affair in a hotel setting with his wife there will be entertaining for you

Don't see it if if you cannot keep up with fast moving acts

71
Entertaining, Funny

See it if you enjoy madcap farces in the spirit of Noises Off. And you enjoy slamming doors & excellent timing! & fake moustaches!

Don't see it if you are in the mood for a serious, thoughty drama.

79
Funny, Raunchy, Clever

See it if You like madcap silliness.

Don't see it if You are prudish and are offended by plays with sexual overtones

70
Cliched, Silly, Lighthearted

See it if you love farces and want mindless silly humor with decent acting and enjoy small space theatre with comfortable seats

Don't see it if you hate farces, want theatre with substance and are bothered by shabby low budget staging

70
Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Silly (in a good way)

See it if You want something light, fun, and entertaining. The cast and all their characters and quick changes are impressive!

Don't see it if You are picky about your theatre or need epic. This is not 'the best' of anything. It's just a big of fun.

94
Ambitious, Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You love a good romp in Paris hotel rooms and a good laugh out loud sex farce.

Don't see it if You don't like absurd and silly play and sexual innuendos. This is not a drama.

70
Great acting, Overrated, Banal, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You tired of being so smart

Don't see it if You don't know what/where are Paris, Budapest, Lyon, Zurich and Rome.

72
Quirky, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if You want to support The Pearl, which does some great things. for Curran's performance. Great costumes.

Don't see it if are expecting to see first rate farce. Most of the jokes don't land. I sat there smiling occasionally but rarely laughing out loud

79
Funny, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if Enjoy farce. Plenty of doors...

Don't see it if You don't enjoy farce. It's supposed to be silly...

70
Entertaining

See it if you enjoy classic farce with lots of doors opening and closing

Don't see it if farce is not your cup of tea

79
Entertaining, Funny, Delightful

See it if The Italian bombshell sounds Latino & the flirty Frenchman sounds British but it doesn't matter. It's fun! Just go with it.

Don't see it if You like serious plots & intense dramas, not mindless fun. It's full of sexual innuendo & bathroom humor, but no nudity or offensive lang.

70
Entertaining, Funny, Raunchy, Dated, Quirky

See it if you are looking for a fun show with goofy characters and lots of hijinks.

Don't see it if you don't like the idea of a comedy that's all about sex, or if you're looking for something more contemporary (this is set in the 1930s).

70
Slow, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy sporadic spurts of laughter-inducing moments

Don't see it if You expected to see a fantastic French farce (which is what I had hoped for!)

90
Clever, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious

See it if Great acting, set in the 1930s in Europe about men who want to sleep with their friends wife

Don't see it if If you are conservative

76
Funny, Ambitious, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like farce. This is kind of slapstick farce. Cleverly done and clever staging. Lots of laughs. The actors were very good.

Don't see it if you don't like a fast pace.

70
Entertaining, Hit and miss jokes, Cliched

See it if Not riveting or hilarious, but I left the theatre thinking that was fun for a Sunday afternoon. The actresses were great.

Don't see it if You want a great comedy. Don't Expect intellectual, witty dialogue. This one is predictable but every now & again lands a great laugh

74
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Cliched, Dated

See it if you want to take a break from plays that aim to challenge the way you view life and just want to have a jolly good time in the theater.

Don't see it if realism is your thing and you want your theater to reveal layer upon layer of the complexities of human experience.


April 18th, 2016
“Occasionally hilarious and mostly harmless...Under Hal Brooks’s direction, there’s little emotional center, and the precision of the pacing comes and goes. With all the one-liners and quick changes and frothy lingerie and funny accents, however, you might not notice...However lascivious in its c...
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April 22nd, 2016
"The farce spectrum can veer from crude to exquisite. Mark Shanahan tends to favor the lower depths: lots of puerile wink-wink wordplay and pratfalls both sexual and scatological...In casting ill-matched repertory members d’un certain age, director Hal Brooks blunts the spirit of the original...T...
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April 19th, 2016
"'The Dingdong' is passable fun, providing a solid laugh for every two or three that fall flat. It's also easy to admire the cast as everyone goes through his or her paces, switching costumes and characters with abandon. But this is Exhibit A in the argument that light entertainment can be even m...
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April 29th, 2016
"Much of the fun of the play is seeing the same actors return over and over again in different roles often within a matter of seconds...While Brooks’ staging is stylish and elegant. The problem becomes that the stakes are not very high, and consequently we don’t worry or care enough about the pos...
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